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Story Content Representatives from various transportation groups will be participating in a webinar next month on implementation of Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP2) product Eco-Logical. Eco-Logical, which "represents a vision for an infrastructure development process that endorses ecosystem-based mitigation through integrating plans and data across agency and disciplinary boundaries," is currently one of this year's major SHRP2 products in the area of capacity. Eco-Logical, a nine-step approach that uses various tools and templates to meet both ecosystem and transportation goals, helps state transportation departments save time and money while preserving the natural environment. View the full story in the February 15 AASHTO Journal.
Transportation and Energy
An investment of $79 billion in transportation could translate to $218 billion in energy savings by 2030, according to a report released last week by the Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency. The Alliance's report encourages investment in more productive transportation systems to reduce energy costs and waste. View the full story in the February 15 AASHTO Journal.
The Committee, and/or its Subcommittees and task forces, shall monitor federal environmental laws, regulations, procedures and guidance related to air quality, cultural resources, environmental process, and natural systems and ecological communities. The Committee shall encourage, recommend and support programs and initiatives to streamline the environmental review process and promote environmental stewardship. The Committee shall monitor national trends and circumstances and promote research on significant environmental issues. The Committee will serve as a forum to disseminate and exchange information and experiences among Member Departments and various other AASHTO Committees and Subcommittees, including the sharing of best practices and other innovations. The Committee will promote practices that protect and enhance the quality of the environment and promote and encourage interagency cooperation and coordination in the resolution of environmental issues.
SCOE serves AASHTO and its members in two ways:
- SCOE is AASHTO’s eyes and ears – and its resource for timely, well-informed commentary and advocacy – in the ever-changing arena of environmental policy-making and regulation.
- SCOE works to strengthen the skills and expertise of transportation professionals in all the states – especially in your environmental office, wherever located, whatever size – in meeting the environmental challenges of your programs.
All AASHTO members benefit from active participation in the work of SCOE and its four subject area subcommittees:
- Air Quality, Climate Change, and Energy Subcommittee
- Natural Resources Subcommittee
- Communities and Cultural Concerns Subcommittee
- Environmental Process Subcommittee
SCOE's Environmental Technical Assistance Program
One of SCOE’s special strengths is the Environmental Technical Assistance Program (ETAP), pool funded by the states to deliver news, consultant services and products to state DOTs across the country far more cost-effectively than any state could achieve alone.
One of the program’s primary communication tools is the Transportation/Environment Alert produced by the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. specifically for the target audience of environmental professionals in the AASHTO member organizations. This publication is sent by email every week to the states that have subscribed annually to the ETAP program.